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Professor Sven Mattys
Professor Sven Mattys
Area of research
Spoken word recognition
My background is in experimental psycholinguistics. I am particularly interested in the perceptual, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms underlying spoken word recognition. Although the populations I have investigated so far (normal-hearing adults, hearing-impaired adults, and infants) vary widely in their quantitative and qualitative exposure to the spoken language, a number of research questions apply to all of them: How are novel spoken words learned? What is the time-course of speech processing? How is speech segmentation carried out? How are words represented in the lexicon?
- 2010 - Present: Professor of Psychology of Language. University of Bristol.
- 2004 - 2010: Reader in Experimental Psychology. University of Bristol.
- 2001 - 2004: Lecturer in Experimental Psychology. University of Bristol.
- 1999 - 2000: Advanced Research Associate, Department of Communication Neuroscience, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
- 1997 - 1999: Postdoctorate, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Baltimore, MD.
- 1993 - 1997: Ph.D. in Psychology. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.
- 1988 - 1993: License (B.A.) in Psychology. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
Activities / Findings
My current research direction focuses on speech segmentation and lexical processing in normal-hearing adults. Investigation tools include principally behavioral measures of speech perception and word recognition such as response accuracy, reaction times, and auditory illusions.
- Director of Postgraduate studies
- Year 1 lab classes
- Year 3 Psychology of Language
PhD students supervised and co-supervised
- Linda Stefansdottir, 2009-present, ESRC studentship
- Olesya Rauch, 2007-present, Marie Curie "Sound to Sense" Research Training Network studentship.
- Helen Miller, 2001-2009, NHS research and Development fund
- Zeng Biao, 2003-2008, ORS Studentship
- Spoken-word recognition
- Language acquisition
Processes and functions
- cognitive and physiological mechanisms underlying spoken-word recognition
- Behavioural measurement techniques
- Mattys, SL, Seymour, F, Attwood, AS & Munafò, MR 2013, Effects of Acute Anxiety Induction on Speech Perception: Are Anxious Listeners Distracted Listeners?. Psychological Science.
- Bowers, J, Mattys, S & Gage, S 2011, Preserved implicit knowledge of a forgotten childhood language. Psychological Science, vol 20., pp. 1064 - 1069
- Mattys, S & Wiget, L 2011, Effects of cognitive load on speech recognition. Journal of Memory and Language, vol 65., pp. 145 - 160
- Dilley, L, Mattys, S & Vinke, L 2010, Potent prosody: Comparing the effects of distal prosody, proximal prosody, and semantic context on word segmentation. Journal of Memory and Language, vol 63., pp. 274 - 294
- Bowers, J, Davis, C, Mattys, S, Damian, M & Hanley, D 2009, The activation of embedded words in spoken word identification is robust but constrained: Evidence from the picture-word interference paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, vol 35., pp. 1585 - 1597
- Mattys, S, Brooks, J & Cooke, M 2009, Recognizing speech under a processing load: Dissociating energetic from informational factors. Cognitive Psychology, vol 59., pp. 203 - 243
- Liss, J, White, L, Mattys, S, Lansford, K, Lotto, A, Spitzer, S & Caviness, J 2009, Quantifying Speech Rhythm Abnormalities in the Dysarthrias. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, vol 52., pp. 1334 - 1352
- Mattys, S & Liss, J 2008, On building models of spoken-word recognition: When there is as much to learn from natural "oddities" as from artificial normality. Perception & Psychophysics, vol 70., pp. 1235 - 1242
- Mattys, S, Melhorn, J & White, L 2007, Effects of syntactic expectations on speech segmentation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol 33 (4)., pp. 960 - 977
- Mattys, S, Pleydell-Pearce, C, Melhorn, J & Whitecross, S 2005, Detecting silent pauses in speech. A new tool for measuring on-line lexical and semantic processing. Psychological Science, vol 16 (12)., pp. 958 - 964
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